Fatal shooting near 51st and Spruce Monday night (update)

Posted on 26 April 2011 by WPL

Police are still searching for the person who shot a 25-year-old man  near the corner of 51st and Irving (see map below) Monday night. Police were called to the scene at about 9 p.m. to find Leon McMillan, 27, shot twice in the chest. He later died at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. McMillan lived a block away onn the 5100 block of Locust

The fatal shooting is the second in two days in West Philadelphia. Eighteen-year-old Jarell Seay was shot on the front porch of his home on the 1300 block of N. 55th Street on Sunday. No arrests have been made in the shooting. The Philadelphia Inquirer published a story yesterday about Seay’s parents’ struggle with their son’s death.

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Penn police cleared in November shooting

Posted on 24 January 2011 by Mike Lyons

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The silver Cadillac stolen from 50th and Arch Streets. (Photo by

The district attorney’s office announced today that no criminal charges would be brought against four Penn police officers involved in the November shooting death of an 18-year-old man following a car chase that ended at 40th and Locust Walk.

The announcement followed an investigation into the shooting death of 18-year-old Karl Sappleton, who along with 18-year-old Leslie Mosby crashed the silver Cadillac they had stolen into a metal post at 40th and Locust in the early hours of Nov. 21. The crash followed a car chase through West Philadelphia. The two men fled on foot. Mosby was taken into custody, but police said Sappleton, who was from Juniata Park, shot at them. The four officers – Benjamin Mauro, Fred Nichols, Greg Everage and David Adler – returned fire near the university library killing Sappleton. The DA’s office ruled that the four officers acted in self defense.

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Alleged car thief killed at 40th and Locust

Posted on 21 November 2010 by WPL

This car, which police say was jacked near 50th and Arch early Sunday, crashed into a barrier at 40th and Locust. Police shot and killed one of the car’s occupants after he fired at them.


Police shot and killed a man early Sunday morning near the corner of 40th and Locust after gunshots were exchanged, according to Penn’s Division of Public Safety. The incident began as an armed car jacking near 50th and Arch.
Philadelphia police chased the vehicle, a silver Cadillac, until it crashed into a barrier near the Penn campus. One man fired at police as he fled the crash scene. Police returned fire, killing the man. Another man who fled was later apprehended. Neither man has been identified. More information as it becomes available.

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